Surrey Art Gallery Exhibitions
Exhibitions in the Surrey Art Gallery are drawn from and respond to predominant activity in the contemporary art community. They bring into critical context works by diverse artists with shared concerns or respond to specific issues within culture or the surrounding community.
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Art by Surrey Secondary School Students
February 15 to April 27
See new works by students from the Surrey School District’ssecondary schools (encompassing Surrey and White Rock), accompanied by artists’ statements and teacher lesson plans.
Developed with the Surrey School District and the Surrey Art Teachers Association. Presented as part of the annual Fine Arts Festival des Beaux-Arts, an event organized by the School District to recognize arts programming in Surrey schools.
January 25 to March 23
In Mandarin ‘da bao’ refers to take-out food. From painting to photography and sculpture to video installation, the artworks in (Da bao)(Takeout) are inspired by such diverse cultural forms and subject matter as shadow theatre, mushroom farming, tai chi, urban development, cooking, and rickshaw design. This group exhibition explores a cross-cultural and social dynamic between China and the West, specifically Canada. It focuses on the work of artists who investigate, adapt, and instil ideas from abroad into their practices, and their interpretation is transferred from one ethnicity to another.
Participating artists are Sara Angelucci and Han Xu, John Armstrong and Paul Collins, Cathy Busby, Joey Chang, Gang Chen, Brendan Fernandes, Nan Hao, Ming Hon, Knowles Eddy Knowles, Laiwan, Minjeong Oh, Ed Pien, Laurens Tan, Xiaojing Yan, and Elsie Shen Yi.
Curated by Shannon Anderson and Doug Lewis. Organized and circulated by the Varley Art Gallery of Markham.
Open Sound 2014: Sonorous Kingdom
Matt Smith: BogScape
February 21 to December 14
Surrey-based Matt Smith creates a ‘naturalistic’ sound installation based on data gathering systems, such as traffic counters, located in or near Burns Bog. This artwork, BogScape, invites the listener to reconsider the limits of landscape, and the relationship between information and nature. This is the first of three exhibitions within the Open Sound 2014 program, which examines the relationship between vegetation and sound.
Open Sound is an exhibition program developed in 2008 to support the production and presentation of audio art forms as part of contemporary art practice.
How do Surrey's youth see their community?
The REMIXX.sur.RE exhibit uses
- 700 digital photos,
- 60 digital video and animation clips,
- text in 5 languages, and
- 260 audio clips,
created by Surrey youth. Its software engine produces hundreds of thousands of compositions from this database. These "remixes" are interactive, generated live-on the fly by the movement of visitors in the gallery.
REMIXX.sur.RE personalizes every visitor's visual and audio experience. The result is an extraordinary expression of diverse youth visions of the people and places of Surrey. It is an example of youth's engagement with technology, and shows how technology is affecting perceptions of the world.
REMIXX was youth led and youth driven, supported by a team of mentors. Over 100 youth from all of Surrey's communities contributed digital content to the project. Over the summer, the Gallery's TechLab became a hub of computers, conversation, emails, animating and coding, as the youth worked as artists in residence.
Learn more about REMIXX.sur.RE.
Robert Davidson: Supernatural Eye
November 28, 2013 into March 2015
Inspired by the many supernatural beings that dwell in Haida Gwaii, this large-scale aluminum sculpture’s graceful contours and bold colour combine the traditional visual iconography of Haida art with a contemporary aesthetic. The sculpture was commissioned by Polygon Homes, and is on exhibit at the Gallery until its permanent home is ready.
Ruptures in Arrival: Art in the Wake of the Komagata Maru
April 12 to June 15
Opening Reception: April 12, 7:30-9:30pm
Artist’s Talk with Ali Kazimi: April 12, 6:30pm
The dynamic group exhibition – Ruptures in Arrival: Art in the Wake of the Komagata Maru, which marks the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru episode – looks at migration and identity through the lens of contemporary art. The Komagata Maru was a Japanese steamship that sailed to Vancouver in 1914, carrying 376 passengers from Punjab, India. Only 20 passengers were allowed to land, and the ship was forced to return to India. In the exhibition, visitors will see artworks in a wide range of media – including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, video, and installation art – that engage with the history of the Komagata Maru and more recent histories of immigration.
Participating artists include Roy Arden, Avantika Bawa, Ali Kazimi, Evan Lee, Mass Arrival, Raghavendra Rao, Haris Sheikh, and Jarnail Singh.